Festival of arts to wow Bellingen Shire

Songwriters Collective - locals dedicated to songwriting made up of Stewart Peters, Snez, Wayne Hutchins, Marco Oliver, Julie Hutchinson and Freedom Summers

Songwriters Collective - locals dedicated to songwriting made up of Stewart Peters, Snez, Wayne Hutchins, Marco Oliver, Julie Hutchinson and Freedom Summers

THE BELLINGEN Shire Arts Week opens on Saturday and will run through to January 17 - and there'll be something to delight all.

There will be more than 140 activities shire wide - and workshops are already filling fast, so people are urged to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The variety of events is spectacular - from 2D and 3D art, many types of music, drama, poetry, busking, photography, and the written word through to pavement art.

Jenny Parkin will give two two-hour demonstrations in Dorrigo of her process in making beautiful 3D sculpted forms in clay

Jenny Parkin will give two two-hour demonstrations in Dorrigo of her process in making beautiful 3D sculpted forms in clay

Some of the highlights will include:

  • A special Artisans Market on Saturday in Bellingen
  • On Sunday at Urunga the Opening Ceremony will feature the unveiling of David Bromley's amazing mural
  • And on Sunday January 17 there will be a big concert in the Memorial Hall - the last event at that venue before the hall closes for renovations. Rising world music star Yossa Haile and band will perform their unique and infectious Ethiopian grooves. Local legendary acts include: Samba Soul drum and dance band led by Kaya Boom; Funkatu bringing the tribal funk; deadly Gumbayngirr act Jumbaal Dreaming featuring Uncle Martin Ballangary and; the delightful Bellingen String Quartet. Of course being Bellingen, there could be more surprises in store.

And throughout the week in Dorrigo anyone can try their hand at creating an interesting 'community' sculpture

To find out more about this great occasion, visit www.bellingenshireartsweek.com, email bellingenshireartsweek@bcac.org.au or go to https://www.facebook.com/Bellingen-Shire-Arts-Week

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